Efforts to understand, improve, or do less harm to the world around me.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How to email

So much of my job is email and so many messages get sent inside my company that it's very easy to get your message lost.  It's the first thing I try to spend time with new employees on.

So here's an ultra simple breakdown that unfortunately people at my company would really benefit from, and a more advanced "10 habits" format article.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mechanics hate him!

Drawing from the rationale behind many anti-vaccination proponents, an argument has been crafted against the evils of brakes on cars.

I'm convinced.

Monday, February 09, 2015

"Protect" Internet Freedom

An anti-net neutrality video packed with suggestions that once the government starts regulating the Internet, there's no end to it.  When really it's just Comcast who wants to charge extra for high bandwidth services.

Just look at the number of dislikes and the fact that the comments are disabled.  Or (at least at the time of this posting) check out all the people who signed the petition (scroll way down).

Thursday, February 05, 2015

How to go to outdoor shows - Part 1: Possessions

Background: The first in a series of my system for going to shows, usually of the outdoor or late night variety.  I've been to probably 50+ at this stage and have refined it to a process.

What to take

Keep items in your pocket to an absolute minimum. A $20, some $1s for a vending machine, and your ID. I wouldn't even take my wallet. Make sure keys are attached to you in some format (D-ring /  or whatever).

Take a cheapy flashlight of some kind with you. SO many times I've been in some dark area and someone dropped something and phone light was just NOT enough to see it. Or stuck in some back hallway or a dance floor where you just couldn't see anything. A flashlight is a great signal to get people to move out of the way if you need to leave quickly and it's also a great way to get the staff's attention if something's genuinely wrong (e.g. someone passes out or gets a bloody nose on the dance floor).

If you must take a weapon of any kind, make sure it's of the very small variety e.g. a tiny Swiss Army knife things with a blade that's as low key as possible. Ideally carry something that looks like a pen.

: Part 2: Dress